About us

Garrett Pierse established the family practice in Tipperary Town in 1946. It’s now in its third generation with Liz, John and their daughter Jenna all striving to carry on Garrett’s traditions of first-rate, patient-centric care.

Who we are

The practice is family orientated with emphasis on prevention of oral disease and maintenance of healthy teeth and gums which is a prerequisite for a natural confident smile. Orthodontic, Restorative and Hygienist services are provided under one roof to achieve these aims. The team approach allows joint consultation in planning the best course of treatment for each individual patient.

Meet the team

All of our staff are professionally trained and looking forward to helping you with your dental needs.

John Pierse

B.Dent.Sc, M.Sc.( Univ.Lond )

John qualified from Trinity College Dental School in 1980. He then worked in general practice in the UK for a few years before undertaking a Masters programme in Restorative Dentistry during 1982-1983 at the Eastman Institute of Dental Surgery, London. He returned to Tipperary in 1984 and joined his father in the practice. His special interest is in crown & bridge and cosmetic dentistry. He believes a nice smile with healthy teeth and gums is important for confidence and overall general wellbeing. He understands the dental anxieties of patients and believes that the provision of treatment should be carried out in a caring and relaxed atmosphere. He is committed to continual dental education and updating the practice with current materials and technologies.

John is a member of the Irish Dental Association the Irish Endodontic Society and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Liz Pierse

B.Dent.Sc., M.F.D.S., R.C.S.Eng.

Liz qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1983 with an honours degree. Following her graduation she worked for 12 months in the Dublin Dental Hospital before moving into general practice and community care. In 1988 she commenced consultant supervised orthodontic training. She has an MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Liz has been in practice limited to orthodontics for over 30 years.

Her main interest is in creating a smile in balance with facial aesthetics which will take growth, lip support and aging into consideration.

Liz is a member of the Irish Dental Association and the British Orthodontic Society.

Emmet Ryan


Emmet graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Dental Science in 2016. After graduating, he was selected from his graduating class to remain as a Junior House Officer at the Dublin Dental Hospital. Emmet is a previous winner of the Costello Medal for academic research with the Irish Dental Association and was awarded the RAMI Medal for his final year dissertation.

Emmet has spent the last 3 years working in Vancouver, Canada with a focus on general and cosmetic dentistry. Emmet is interested in all aspects of dentistry with a particular interest in the treatment of children and those with dental anxiety.

Jenna Pierse

B.Dent.Sc, BA, Dip PCD RCSI.

Jenna qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 2018 with an honours degree. She received her diploma in Primary Care Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Jenna has worked in private practice in Dublin, before returning to join the family practice here in Tipperary. She is currently on sabbatical in Australia, working in a Sydney based clinic.

Her interests also include facial aesthetics, and she completed her training in London in the use of botox and dermal fillers prior to leaving for Australia.

Marie Mc Elligott Ryan

Marie trained and qualified as a Dental Nurse at the Eastman Dental hospital, London between 1981-1983. She then moved to Tipperary where she worked as a Dental Surgery Assistant until 1985. She studied at the Cardiff Dental School in 1985-86 where she received her Diploma in Dental Hygiene. She returned to the practice in 1989 where she has been the resident hygienist to date. Marie plays an important role in the treatment of active gum disease and maintaining your oral health.

Lara Tobin

Lara joined the practice in 2001 and qualified as a Dental Nurse in Cork Dental Hospital in 2004. Lara is now our practice Orthodontic Nurse.

Michelle Doherty

Michelle joined our practice team in 2003. She completed her Dental Nursing qualification in Cork Dental Hospital in 2005.

Michelle Noonan

Michelle joined the practice in 2009 as our receptionist & practice manager. She aims to make your entire experience at our practice as relaxing and convenient as possible.

Ruth Delaney

Ruth joined the practice in May of 2009 as a dental nurse. She subsequently completed her Diploma in Dental Nursing in University College Cork in 2012.

Niamh Feehan

Niamh received her diploma in Dental Nursing from Cork Dental School in 2018, and then joined the practice as a valued member of our dental nursing team.

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We look forward to hearing from you.